When you tackle that architectural marvel of a Thanksgiving plate of food, what’s your way – your strategy for getting the highest level of fulfillment?
There it is all on a single plate – a 1/2 dozen (or more) of your favorite foods right there in front of you to devour.
Imagine the savory smells blending that ignite salivation writ large.
How could you be so lucky?
You have a quandary!
You cannot eat it all at once, so you have to make choices.
Whether you know it or not, you have trained yourself how to deal with this with every other Thanksgiving dinner you have enjoyed.
You have your own, unique way of optimizing this once a year dining experience . . . a way which others may not understand.
The real quandary is how to build a strategy such that you are eating the hot foods while they’re still hot . . . and the cold ones while they are still cold . . . and with every passing minute, all of the food is making it’s way towards room temperature.
While you’re tackling that pile of turkey and gravy, the sweet potato casserole is cooling and the cranberry relish is warming.
I’m playing a game in this blog post – Testing a theory.
My presumption is that the above presentation brought you there in front of that plate of food thereby causing you to salivate.
Capture that moment and “document” your method for getting the most enjoyment from your consumption of what’s on that plate.
Write it down!
This is your current modus operandi for tackling the myriad issues, opportunities, and tasks required.
Now . . . Take a look at that list you have of “things to do” today.
What’s your way . . . your plan for getting it all done most efficiently?
Some folks are “completers” – These are the people who start with the first item on the list and work on that and only that until it is DONE even if it takes all day . . . then they go to the next item and so on. Problem is that this way creates a scenario of the faster you go, the behinder you get.
Others are the “Multitaskers” – These folks do everything at the same time . . . Multiple problems with this relating to inefficiency. Balls drop, food burns on the stove, promises broken, low quality results, and many items started but not finished at the end of the day.
My observation is that the “Single Taskers” consistently get more done in less time with better quality and less stress. The “secret sauce” for these “Single taskers” is that they take each project and break it down to bite sized tasks. Utilizing some “Time Blocking” discipline, they schedule specific blocks of time (30 minutes to not more than 2 hours) for each project with the goal to complete one task . . . When the block of time is over, move on to the next task for another project.
As we get better at orchestrating this flow in our lives, we identify daily patterns and learn how we can get the most bang for every minute of every day.
As difficult as this is to clearly communicate in a single blog post, I want you to know that you already know how to do this.
After all, you do it every Thanksgiving!